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Upcoming College Graduates Network in Boston

New England College students who are just a few weeks away from graduation participated in a day of networking and career information with successful alumni working in Boston.  Initiated by Dan Lynch ’85, Senior Vice President at Natixis Global Asset Management and member of the New England College Board of Trustees, this opportunity is a great example of New England College’s commitment to using experiential learning to provide added value beyond traditional college education.  “We are at a point in our careers where we can really appreciate how critical our New England College education was to our foundation,” said Dan Lynch.  “We’re passionate about paying it forward and supporting the future alumni of NEC.”

Leading the group of students was Gene Durkee, Director of Career and Life Planning at New England College.  “Interacting in a professional environment with successful NEC graduates is a real confidence-builder and power-start to a job search,” said Gene.  “Students need to get first-hand information and possible interview scenarios from real people.  The NEC alumni professionals understand the circumstances and provided several settings to practice common networking and interview interactions.  Our students are now even more prepared to take on the world!”

“It was a great experience,” says Raymoan Clay, New England College Business major in the Class of 2014.  “Dan Lynch offered to help me with industry exams and certifications which I know I will benefit from immensely.  It was amazing that we got to meet these alums who were more than willing to help us get started in our career.” Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College also noted, “This is a perfect example of the type of community wide investment New England College places in our curriculum by having students, alumni, trustees, staff and faculty all invest in the professional goals of our students.”

The day featured presentations and tours by the following successful New England College alumni:

  • Gary DeSimone ’85, Director of Marketing at John Hancock LTC Insurance
  • Dan Lynch ’85, Senior VP at Natixis Global Asset Management
  • Dyan Goodwin ’82, Managing Director at Bank of America/U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management
  • Jay Gardner ’81, Owner of the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, a popular restaurant on Boylston Street

The participating New England College students included:

  • Jesse Ostring, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Marketing
  • Jillian Zanine, Class of 2014, Business Administration
  • Raymoan Clay, Class of 2014, Business Administration
  • Ivan Delic, Class of 2014, Business Administration and Psychology
  • Agnes Fotino, Class of 2015, Business Administration/Accounting
  • Courtney Joyal, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Accounting
  • Miranda Murphy, Class of 2014, Communication Studies
  • Courtney Manseau, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Accounting
  • Louisa Carroll, Class of 2014, Communication Studies
  • William Dynan, Class of 2014, Business Administration
  • Artur Kochuev, Class of 2013, Business Administration